We do not have an abortion problem in America — we have an unwanted-pregnancy problem. The five conservatives on the Supreme Court just increased the number of future abortions by removing access to birth control to low-wage working women. Excusing corporations from covering IUDs and other types of birth-control medication has nothing to do with the religion of the corporation and everything to do with weakening the Affordable Care Act and chipping away at women’s reproductive rights.
Last month, these five justices gave anti-choice protesters the right to harass patients at women’s clinics, and this month, they have ramped up the Republican war on women with the Hobby Lobby ruling.
Without insurance, birth-control medication costs are equal to a month’s pay for minimum- and low-wage workers. Bosses will have more control over a female employee’s personal reproductive decisions than she does. It should also be noted that the court did not rule that Hobby Lobby would no longer have to pay for vasectomies. In other words, the conservative justices have ruled that bosses can discriminate, but only against women.
West Palm Beach